Eight Essential Tech Gifts and Mobile Accessories That Fit Every Holiday Shopper’s Budget and Make Travel Easier in Any Season
San Mateo, CA, October 7, 2015 – To help kick off the holiday season, Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple.™ desktop and mobile computing accessories, today announced it has released its Holiday Gift Guide. The list includes essential and affordable products to make life easier for the mobile traveler this winter and beyond. Whether heading home for the holidays or traveling to grandma’s house, these intuitive desktop and mobile accessories will prove invaluable for any tech-loving recipient to stay connected and productive year-round:
Kensington 48W 4-Port Charger (K38212US; SRP $79.99) – For the multi-device owner on anyone’s gift list, Kensington’s 48W 4-Port Charger allows users to power up to four tablets and smartphones at the same time. Featuring PowerWhiz™ technology, the 4-Port Charger provides a fast, safe charge by automatically recognizing each device’s charging needs to give it the optimal supply of AMPs while keeping the components completely safe. Each port can carry up to 2.4 AMPs of power, so even tablets get a speedy charge.
Kensington 10400 Mobile Charger (K38219WW; SRP $49.99) – Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? At under $50, Kensington’s 10400 Mobile Charger fits the bill in both style and price. Weighing just 255 grams and boasting a beautiful aluminum finish, the 10400 is the traveler’s answer to boost a drained battery. Featuring PowerWhiz™ technology, a 10,400 mAh battery, and 2.1 AMP output with enough reserve power to fully charge an iPhone® 6 Plus or a Galaxy® S6 two times, the 10400’s high-grade LG® battery cell and high-quality components ensure that devices charge safely and efficiently.
Kensington 5200 Mobile Charger (K38220WW; SRP $39.99) – For a quick single charge featuring PowerWhiz™ technology, there’s no better mobile charger than the Kensington 5200. Its powerful mAh battery with 2.1A output quickly gives an iPhone® 6 Plus or Galaxy® S6 a full charge to make the season merry and bright for recipients of this gift. Like the 10400 Mobile Charger, the 5200 looks slick in a stylish aluminum finish, and is easy on the budget at just $39.99.
Kensington PowerBolt™ 3.4 Dual Fast Charge Car Chargers(K39794WW / K38119WW; SRP $29.99) – If you’re shopping for an Appleâ fan this season, give the PowerBolt 3.4 Dual Fast Charge Car Charger with Lightning Cable. This versatile, portable product allows users to power up an iPad using a built-in Lightning charging cable and 2.4 AMPs – and at the same time charge an iPhone or other Apple device via a USB charging port – so they can arrive at their holiday destination powered and productive.
Kensington also offers the PowerBolt 3.4 Dual Fast Charge Car Charger with Micro USB Cable for high-speed charging of the Galaxy ® S6 and more. This PowerBolt 3.4 has a built-in charging cable for the Galaxy S6, along with a USB charging port and 2.4 AMPs of power for a tablet.
Kensington Orbit™ Wireless Mobile Trackball (K72352US; SRP $59.99) – The ideal gift at any time of year for home or office desktop computing, Kensington’s Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball provides a precise, compact, and versatile experience with a centered-ball design and no wires to tie users down. The 2.4 GHz wireless trackball features a storable nano receiver and unique touch scrolling, so that users glide effortlessly through web pages and documents on either a PC or Mac.
Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3™ for iPad Air® and iPad Air® 2 (K97269US / K97389US; SRP $59.99 / $99.99) – As a powerful addition to the iPad, Kensington’s line of KeyFolio Thin X3 products offers something for every Mac user on your holiday gift list. KeyFolio Thin X3 for iPad Air is an ultra-thin keyboard case featuring breakthrough PowerLift™ technology that allows users to tap into the keyboard’s 1650 mAh internal battery and charge their phone using its USB cable. For iPad Air 2 users, Kensington also offers the KeyFolio Thin X3 for iPad Air 2. Both products will please even the most design-conscious on your list, with a sleek and form-fitting, hard-shell exterior that surrounds the tablet with protection while maintaining its thin profile.
Kensington BlackBelt™ 1st Degree Rugged Case for Microsoft® Surface™ Pro 3 (K97416WW; SRP $39.99) – Many on your holiday list will be users of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, which offers an ideal combination of portability and productivity to replace the laptop. Help them protect their investment with the Kensington BlackBelt 1st Degree Rugged Case. The stylish case offers military-grade protection against drops and scratches while maintaining full functionality of the Surface kickstand. And with a non-slip grip, it has everything needed to protect the tablet for adventurous mobile travelers. At under $40, the BlackBelt 1st Degree Rugged Case is also priced right for shoppers on a budget.
Kensington LM150 Backpack (K62622WW; SRP $59.99) – The holidays mean travel, and to ensure safe storage for devices in-flight or on the road, the LM150 Backpack provides modern style for the pro on the go. It has dedicated, padded compartments for a 15.6″ laptop and a 10″ tablet, plus plenty of storage for a smartphone and other personal items. A specially designed pass-thru at the top of the backpack allows users to run earbuds through the hole so most of the the cord stays inside the backpack – the perfect way to listen to holiday tunes in transit. There’s also ergonomic cushioning on the back so users can carry a backpack loaded with holiday goodies with less stress.
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones? 2014 is drawing to a close and it is time to start shopping for Christmas Gifts. The iMums have been searching far and wide for gifts that will be a hit with family members of all ages. Which ones are on your wish list this Holiday Season ?
We have picked out some of our favorite products from the past year to share with you including products for the home,and office, for the young and young at heart, gifts for use on the go, photography picks, and some brand new cases for the iPhone!
Gifts for The Young and Young at Heart
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For the Home and Office
We have a great selection of gift ideas for the home and office. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for a pet lover, a home baker,
Gifts for On-The-Go
We have a great range of on-the-go gift ideas including mobile storage solutions, portable speakers and bags and cases for the avid traveller and those who like to stay closer to home.
For the Photographer
Whether you prefer to take pictures with your DSLR or iPhone we have some great gift ideas.
These are a few of our favorite gift ideas for $30 or less.
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Christmas is coming up fast, and many of us are looking for inexpensive gifts to fill out our Christmas gift lists. The iMums are sharing some of our favorite gift ideas that cost under $30 and will be popular with anyone who finds them in their Christmas Stocking this year. We haven’t personally tested all of these products but they are from reputable companies that we trust and recommend.
iSlip Microfiber Screen Cleaner
Are you constantly trying to clean fingerprints and smudges from your iPad, iPad mini, Android or eReader but can never find a cleaning cloth? Cooper Products have an innovative solution with the iSlip. The iSlip is a strip of high quality microfibre cleaning cloth combined with a rugged elastic strip. It slips onto your tablet or eReader and if you leave it there whenever you are not using your device you’ll always have a cleaning cloth on hand. Available in 2 sizes to fit the full-sized iPad and the iPad Mini/ kindle Available in a variety of colors and prints from Cooper Product for US$8.95 including free shipping.
TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus with Microfiber Tip
The Truglide Pro Precision Stylus from LynkTec features a durable microfiber tip that glides smoothly across the screen. The microfiber tip is just 5mm in diameter. The barrel is slim but nicely weighted to give a good writing experience. It has removable interchangeable tips- you just screw the bottom of the barrel and screw in a new tip, as well as the standard tip there is also a paintbrush tip available for when you are in a creative mood. This is a great stylus for the adults on your shopping list. Available from LynkTec.com or Amazon tru-glide precision pro for US$21.95 -$29.95
eFreesia Duo Charger by eFreesia
Looking for power on the go for your iPad, smartphone or other tablet? efreesia recently introduced the Duo charger featuring 5 amps that allows it to charge an iPad or two smartphones at the same time. The slim charger is compatible with a variety of devices including Kindle Fire, Android Smartphones and most USB compatible services. The device was ready to use out of the box, simply plug in your phone or tablet and then press the small power button and watch your power start rising. There are four levels of power, and when the lights get down to 1 or 2 it is time to charge. Once the battery on your device is charged, simply unplug the Duo and it will automatically shut off within 20 seconds of not being used. I loved the slim profile of the charger which featured integrated cords as well as being about the same size as my iPhone 4s. This charger features a built in USB cable for charging your micro USB smartphone as well as another cable to charge the device. There are two ports, the 5V 2.1A port is best for tablets like the iPad, iPad Mini, Kindle, Kindle Fire and the like while the 5V 1A port is best for smartphones, iPod Touch and other devices which require a lower level of batteries. Read our review Available from eFreesia for $22.99
Ergo Stylus by Pencil Grip
If you are looking for a stylus for a child learning to write, or for someone with fine motor issues the Ergo Stylus by Pencil grip is a great choice. It is a chunky stylus, similar in size to a fat marker pen and with an ergonomic Pencil Grip built in. The Pencil Grip itself is a pear- shaped, flexible grip, which is triangular in cross-section. The Pencil Grip holds the fingers in a relaxed position by supporting the first knuckle of the thumb and index finger, encouraging the user to use a full hand and arm action when writing. It works for both right and left-handed users. Read our full review here. Available from AmazonThe Pencil Grip Ergo Stylus, Ergonomic Touch-Screen Writing Aid (TPG-654)
Agloves Sport Touchscreen Gloves by Agloves
Do you love using your touchscreen device, but hate those chilly mornings when you can’t wear your gloves because you want to use your iPhone? Agloves solve this problem – they fit under your regular gloves or can be worn stand alone and allow you to use your touchscreen device. They are not necessarily warm, but they do the trick and allow you to use your device while keeping your fingers covered up fromo a chill! Available from Agloves on Amazon for US$19.99
Tylt Band Car Charger by Tylt
When getting in the car – I almost always realize my iPhone has a low battery! Lucky for me – I can simply plug in my Band Car Charger and start charging up my phone. I really like this charger because the 2.1A of power means I can charge two smartphones at once – one with the integrated 30 pin Apple cable and the second with a secondary cable. I’ve used it with both my iPhone and a micro-USB at the same time and both have charged fast! You can also use it to charge a tablet such as an iPad by itself! When not in use, the Band Car Charger coils up nicely for storing in the center console. Available from Tylt for US$29.99
Griffin Flat AUX Cable by Griffin
I love to listen to music in my car and have a lot of it stored on my iPhone. The AUX cable connects your iPod, MP3 Player, iPad, iPhone or any device that has a headphone jack directly to your car using the AUX input and then you can play your music or even your favorite podcasts via your car stero. The cable is flat, so you can curl it up and store in the center console when not in use – I store mine in an old glasses case so that it doesn’t get mangled and is easy to pull out on the go. This is a must for any audio lover in your family! Available from Griffin for US$19.99
Avantree Mini Rollable Bluetooth Keyboard by Avantree
Avantree Mini Roll-able Bluetooth Keyboard from Avantree put my true typing skills to the test. This miniature roll up keyboard makes typing with your tablet (any Bluetooth enabled tablet will work) or smartphone easier. The keyboard has approximately a 32 foot/10 meter cordless range – although I doubt you would use it that far from your device and when you are done, you simply roll it up and stow it for the next time. The keyboard is a regular full function keyboard which means that some of the keys did not work while using my iPad like the F1 – F12 keys although they did work to turn on and off my music. The keyboard charges via a included USB cable directly to your computer or other USB included charger. Read our review of the keyboard Available from Mobile Fun for US$25.99
Flexiview by Cygnett
Looking for a slim stand to hold your iPad 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the counter? I use my Flexiview when cooking and using my iPad for recipes. This slim stand folds down flat and stores easily in a drawer when not in use and is the perfect addition to my kitchen! I’ve also used it with a mini keyboard to turn my iPad Mini into a small monitor with a keyboard. Available from Cygnett for US$23.99
The iPhone Viewfinder by Photojojo
This viewfinder attaches to your iPhone screen and becomes an eye piece just like the ones on your digital cameras using a section cup to vacuum itself into place without leaving any marks and attaches to a screen protector for use as well. Although it may look odd, I find it does a great job in helping me frame shots with my iPhone on the go and slips easily into my pocket. Available from Photojojo for US$30.00
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For additional gift ideas check out our other Christmas Shopping lists : The iMums Christmas Gift Guide for Tech Savvy Kids 2013, Christmas Gifts for Tech Savvy Moms and Dads, and these articles from The iMums: Cool Accessories for Cool kids 2012, Awesome iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Kids, Gorgeous and Glamorous iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories for Women, Great Gifts for Dads -iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories He’ll Love, Gorgeous iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Women, and Cool iPhone & iPad Accessories for Men.
Christmas is coming up fast and Santa is busy making his list of whose been naughty or nice. The iMums have come up with some cool gift ideas for tech Savvy kids, these are bound to be popular under the tree this year. We haven’t personally tested all of these products but they are from reputable companies that we trust and recommend.
iBitz™ PowerKey Activity Tracker
iBitz™ PowerKey Activity Trackers by Geopalz are a great solution if you want to encourage your children to exercise more and have fun doing it. They come in a range of colors so every family member can choose their own color. The Powerkey is designed for children and comes with their own app. Children can earn points for exercising which can be exchanged for time playing video games or coins for Club Penguin or virtual food and energy for their virtual pet.The trackers are tiny and operate on a button battery that lasts approximately 6 months. They track steps, distance and calories burned. Read our full review here. Available from iBitz.com and many retailers for US$$34.99
Romo Robotic Pet for iOS
Romo Robotic Pet by Romotive is a digital creature who lives in your iPhone or iPod Touch and explores your world on his roving base. He is simple enough to train that even children can learn how to train him using his in-app mobile training platform. you can teach him to recognize your face, or follow a colored ball, he’ll even dance to the beat if you play music. Both 30-pin and Lightning connector versions are available. Read our full review here Available from Brookstone or Amazon Romo App-Controlled Robotic Pet for iOS Devices – for iPhone 5, 5s & 5c
Lego Minecraft Minecraft is an incredibly popular game amongst children and is available for many platforms including iPad, Android, PC/Mac and Xbox. The game involves breaking and placing blocks. It can be used to creature structures to protect against Creepers in survival mode. But it can also be used in creative mode to create wonderful, imaginative things. Fittingly for a game based on building with blocks there is a way to create your own Minecraft structures from the quintessential block building toy Legos. Children ca follow directions to create Minecraft structures and then re-build it anyway they like. Available from Lego.com, Amazon LEGO Minecraft (Original) 21102
and other retailers for RRP US$34.99
Crayola Light Marker for iPad
The Crayola Light Marker from Griffin Technology is a fun children’s toy that is designed to be used with the iPad. The package includes the light marker, an iPad stand, battery and quick start guide. To use the marker you need to hold it 2-3 feet from the screen, and it will warn you if you are too close or too far away.> The free app that comes with it includes 6 different activities: including dot-to-dot, splatter paint, puzzles, hide and seek, coloring pages and free drawing. Read our review here. Available from Griffin Technology’s online store. and many retailers for RRP $29.99
Snap circuits by Elanco. If you have children who are interested in learning about electronics Snap Circuits are a wonderful way to do it. Each kit comes with a board for making your creations and a selection of electronic components that just snap together on the board- no more wires and alligator clips! The Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit is a great starter kit, and there are several more advanced kits and add-ons available. Each kit comes with clear easy directions for a series of experiments using the components in the kit. Once children become familiar with them they can create their own circuits too. A wonderful learning toy by kids have had 100’s of hours educational playtime from these kits Available from Amazon Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit
is currently approximately US$21
Ubooly Smart Toy
Ubooly is Interactive Plush Toy for iPhone or iPod touch.By downloading the free Ubooly Pet app and inserting your device into the top of the toy, Ubooly’s face magically comes to life and he interacts with the people around him via voice commands. Ubooly has a library of stories, jokes, games and other activities that are activated by the user asking for them. the Ubooly toy and app offer many hours of interactive activities and Ubooly becomes smarter the more often he is used. Read our review here. Available from Amazon ubooly for US$29.99
Toca Boca T-Shirts and Toca Monster Socks
Toca Boca has the be the biggest name in children’s apps today – they have had millions of downloads. This Swedish company is known for its digital toys that inspire creative play and its logo is known the world over. Now children can dress Toca Boca style too with Toca Boca T-shirts and Toca Monster socks. Available from Toca Boca T-shirts are $15 and socks are $12 for 2 pairs
Survivor for iPhone 5/5s, Justice League If you are looking for a tough case to Protect your iPhone 5 but that has Superhero style check out these new cases from Griffin Technology. The Griffin Survivor case is well known as a tough protective case that is great for standing up to kids and now the case is available in your choice of superhero designs. Whether you are protecting the residents of Gotham City or flying high over Metropolis your iPhone will be safe in the Batman or Superman version of the survivor. Read our review of the Survivor iPhone case here. Available from Griffin Technology for US$59.99
Laser Pegs were one of the “hot” Christmas toys for 2012 and I can see why! Here are a few awards that Laser Pegs has recently gotten: Dr. Toy rated Laser Pegs as one of the 10 best tech toys and top 100 toys!, Parenting Magazine gave Laser Pegs their 2011 “Toy of the Year” Award and they were featured on the NBC Today show four times in 19 months! Laser Pegs® are a unique building toy which light up when they are connected together. The toys help your children with skills such as problem solving, pattern recognition, creative thinking, math skills and more. Now you can not only build with the physical Laser Pegs® toys you can also build using their free app which allows you to build models in 3D, create and share manuals for building different objects, play a variety of games and more. Laser Pegs® is the first construction toy set which allows you to connect one peg to a power source and then illuminate any other peg it is connected with. You can design and build towers, cars, rocket ships, planes, bugs and anything you can imagine using them. Children can develop and refine fine motor skills using the pincer grasp, hand strength, learn cause and effect by “plugging in the pieces” as well as use hand-eye coordination to pick up and place each block while building. Available from Target for US$ 6 – 20
ETY Safe Kids Headset
ETYKids ear buds by Etymotic Research, Inc. are headphones that are specially designed to keep the sound level down for your child even when they “think” they have them turned up to the maximum. They keep the volume at safe levels for your children and help to prevent hearing damage. These headphones are designed for children ages four and older or anyone who is sensitive to loud sound. They have ACCU•Fit eartips which ensures they fit well into your child’s ear. The iMums tested both the ETY Kids 3 (which featured in-line Apple friendly controls) as well as the ETY Kids 5 which was similar but without the inline controls and both sets are reflected in the review. Be sure to check out the safe listening guide on the ETY site to learn more about safe levels of noise for your child. Read our review. Available from ETY for US $40 – $70
Speck iGuy Case for iPad
iGuy is a freestanding case for your iPad 2/3/4 which brings a whole new level of personality to your device. I loved that you could stand him on the coffee table with your iPad and watch a video, hold him on your lap to play with an app and even have the tactile touches of the case. The case also worked well for Skype with family as he would stand on the table during the call instead of you having to hold the iPad steady for the camera. The case is sturdy and easy to balance on your lap while using the iPad. My son enjoyed carrying around the case using the arms of iGuy – something that made me a little bit nervous but the iPad seemed well protected.Read our review. Available from a variety of retailers including: Gear Zap, Amazon and more. The Speck iGuy case retails between $25 – 35 USD.
For additional gift ideas check out our other Christmas Shopping lists : The iMums Christmas Gift Guide 2013 for Tech Savvy Men and Women; and The iMums Christmas Gift Guide for Gifts under $30: and these articles from The iMums: Cool Accessories for Cool kids 2012, Awesome iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Kids, Gorgeous and Glamorous iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories for Women, Great Gifts for Dads -iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories He’ll Love, Gorgeous iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Women, and Cool iPhone & iPad Accessories for Men.